Dr Rory Monaghan

B.E., Ph.D., S.M.

Contact Details

Lecturer Above The Bar
School of Engineering
& Informatics,
NUI Galway

T: Ext. 4256
E: rory.monaghan@nuigalway.ie
 
researcher

Biography

Website: http://www.nuigalway.ie/therme/
Rory Monaghan is the Lecturer of Energy Systems Engineering in Mechanical Engineering at the National University of Ireland Galway (NUIG). His research interests include advanced simulation of thermal-fluid systems, including combustion, gasification and thermal performance of buildings in particular. He teaches courses in Mechanical Engineering and the newly-created Energy Systems Engineering Degree and Masters programmes at NUIG.
Prior to his current position, he worked as a Post-Doctoral Researcher in the Combustion Chemistry Centre (C3) at NUIG between January 2010 and December 2011. His work with Dr. Henry Curran at C3 was on studying efficient and environmentally-benign combustion of existing and next-generation fuels, including natural gas and biofuels.
He received Masters and PhD degrees in Mechanical Engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) in 2005 and 2010, respectively. His PhD research involved the development of a computer-based simulator for the operation of commercial gasifiers used in advanced near-zero CO2 emissions coal-fired power plants. In 2002, he graduated with a BE degree in Mechanical Engineering from NUIG. 
Rory has also worked as a part-time Energy Consultant for the Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland (SEAI) and Enventix Inc., a Silicon Valley-based clean tech start-up, and as a Contract Researcher in 2002-2003 for NUIG and Proxy Biomedical Ltd., an Irish medical device company. He enjoys organising proactive initiatives with students from all backgrounds with interests in energy; serving as Content Director for the 2009 MIT Energy Conference, and Founder-President of the NUIG Energy Society and NUIG Energy Night in 2010.

Peer Reviewed Journals

  Year Publication
(2017) 'Development and experimental testing of a hybrid Stirling engine-adsorption chiller auxiliary power unit for heavy trucks'
Flannery, B,Lattin, R,Finckh, O,Berresheim, H,Monaghan, RFD (2017) 'Development and experimental testing of a hybrid Stirling engine-adsorption chiller auxiliary power unit for heavy trucks'. Applied Thermal Engineering, 112 :464-471 [DOI] [Details]
(2017) 'Hybrid Stirling engine-adsorption chiller for truck auxiliary power unit applications'
Flannery, Barry and Finckh, Oliver and Berresheim, Harald and Monaghan, Rory F.D. (2017) 'Hybrid Stirling engine-adsorption chiller for truck auxiliary power unit applications'. International Journal of Refrigeration, 76 :356-366 [DOI] [Details]
(2017) 'Integrated Thermal Conversion and Anaerobic Digestion for Sludge Management in Wastewater Treatment Plants'
Dussan, K and Monaghan, R F D (2017) 'Integrated Thermal Conversion and Anaerobic Digestion for Sludge Management in Wastewater Treatment Plants'. Waste and Biomass Valorization, :1-21 [Details]
(2016) 'Effect of High-Temperature Corrosion on the Service Life of P91 Piping in Biomass Co-firing'
O'Hagan, C. P. and Barrett, R. A. and Leen, S. B. and Monaghan, R. F. D. (2016) 'Effect of High-Temperature Corrosion on the Service Life of P91 Piping in Biomass Co-firing'. JOURNAL OF PRESSURE VESSEL TECHNOLOGY-TRANSACTIONS OF THE ASME, 138 (2) [DOI] [Details]
(2016) 'Energy recovery from thermal treatment of dewatered sludge in wastewater treatment plants'
Yang, QF,Dussan, K,Monaghan, RFD,Zhan, XM (2016) 'Energy recovery from thermal treatment of dewatered sludge in wastewater treatment plants'. Water Science And Technology, 74 :672-680 [DOI] [Details]
(2016) 'A microstructural investigation into the accelerated corrosion of P91 steel during biomass co-firing'
O'Hagan, CP,O'Brien, BJ,Leen, SB,Monaghan, RFD (2016) 'A microstructural investigation into the accelerated corrosion of P91 steel during biomass co-firing'. Corrosion Science, 109 :101-114 [DOI] [Details]
(2015) 'Simplified Approach to the Prediction and Analysis of Temperature Inhomogeneity in Rapid Compression Machines'
Yousefian, S,Gauthier, F,Moran-Guerrero, A,Richardson, RR,Curran, HJ,Quinlan, NJ,Monaghan, RFD (2015) 'Simplified Approach to the Prediction and Analysis of Temperature Inhomogeneity in Rapid Compression Machines'. Energy & Fuels, 29 :8216-8225 [DOI] [Details]
(2015) 'Porosity-Based Corrosion Model for Alkali Halide Ash Deposits during Biomass Co-firing'
O'Hagan, CP,O'Brien, BJ,Griffin, F,Hooper, B,Leen, SB,Monaghan, RFD (2015) 'Porosity-Based Corrosion Model for Alkali Halide Ash Deposits during Biomass Co-firing'. Energy & Fuels, 29 :3082-3095 [DOI] [Details]
(2015) 'Automatic extraction of reduced-order models from CFD simulations for building energy modelling'
Mullen, DT,Keane, MM,Geronc, M,Monaghan, RFD (2015) 'Automatic extraction of reduced-order models from CFD simulations for building energy modelling'. Energy And Buildings, 99 :313-326 [DOI] [Details]
(2014) 'Detailed Emissions Prediction for a Turbulent Swirling Nonpremixed Flame'
Monaghan, RFD,Tahir, R,Bourque, G,Gordon, RL,Cuoci, A,Faravelli, T,Frassoldati, A,Curran, HJ (2014) 'Detailed Emissions Prediction for a Turbulent Swirling Nonpremixed Flame'. Energy & Fuels, 28 :1470-1488 [DOI] [Details]
(2012) 'Detailed Multi-dimensional Study of Pollutant Formation in a Methane Diffusion Flame'
Monaghan, RFD,Tahir, R,Cuoci, A,Bourque, G,Furi, M,Gordon, RL,Faravelli, T,Frassoldati, A,Curran, HJ (2012) 'Detailed Multi-dimensional Study of Pollutant Formation in a Methane Diffusion Flame'. Energy & Fuels, 26 :1598-1611 [DOI] [Details]
(2012) 'A dynamic reduced order model for simulating entrained flow gasifiers Part I: Model development and description'
Monaghan, RFD,Ghoniem, AF (2012) 'A dynamic reduced order model for simulating entrained flow gasifiers Part I: Model development and description'. Fuel, 91 :61-80 [DOI] [Details]
(2012) 'A dynamic reduced order model for simulating entrained flow gasifiers. Part II: Model validation and sensitivity analysis'
Monaghan, RFD,Ghoniem, AF (2012) 'A dynamic reduced order model for simulating entrained flow gasifiers. Part II: Model validation and sensitivity analysis'. Fuel, 94 :280-297 [DOI] [Details]
(2012) 'Simulation of a Commercial-Scale Entrained Flow Gasifier Using a Dynamic Reduced Order Model'
Monaghan, RFD,Ghoniem, AF (2012) 'Simulation of a Commercial-Scale Entrained Flow Gasifier Using a Dynamic Reduced Order Model'. Energy & Fuels, 26 :1089-1106 [DOI] [Details]

Conference Publications

  Year Publication
(2017) Turbomachinery Technical Conference & Exhibition ASME Turbo Expo
S Yousefian, G Bourque, RFD Monaghan (2017) Comparison of Hybrid Emissions Prediction tools and Uncertainty Quantification Methods for Gas turbine combustion systems Turbomachinery Technical Conference & Exhibition ASME Turbo Expo Charlotte, NC, USA, [Details]
(2017) European Biomass Conference and Exhibition
A Singlitico, I Kilgallon, J Goggins, RFD Monaghan (2017) GIS-based optimisation model for the smart design of a nationwide bio-SNG production system for Ireland European Biomass Conference and Exhibition Stockholm, Sweden, [Details]
(2017) European Biomass Conference and Exhibition
Dussan K, Dooley S, Monaghan RFD (2017) New Pseudo-components of hemicellulose and lignin European Biomass Conference and Exhibition Stockholm, Sweden, [Details]
(2017) 25th European Biomass Conference & Exhibition
A Singlitico, K Dussán, R O'Shea, D Wall, J Goggins, J Murphy, RFD Monaghan (2017) Techno-economic optimisation of combined anaerobic digestion and gasification of food waste as integrated waste management and energy system 25th European Biomass Conference & Exhibition Stockholm, Sweden, [Details]
(2017) 8th European Combustion Meeting
S Yousefian, T Marzullo, G Bourque, RFD Monaghan (2017) Study of systematic flow field discretization methods for hybrid CFD-CRN emissions modelling 8th European Combustion Meeting Dubrovnik, Croatia, [Details]
(2017) 8th European Combustion Meeting
K Dussán, S Dooley, RFD Monaghan (2017) Empiricism of the kinetics of biomass pyrolysis: Solid composition approximations 8th European Combustion Meeting Dubrovnik, Croatia, [Details]
(2017) World Sustainable Energy Days
A Singlitico, J Goggins, RFD Monaghan (2017) Technical potential of bio-SNG produced via a nationwide system of gasification and methanation World Sustainable Energy Days Wels, Austria, [Details]
(2017) 3rd Building Simulation Applications Conference
Marzullo T, Yousefian S, Keane MM, Monaghan RFD (2017) A Comparative Study of Computational Algorithms used in the Automatic Generation of Reduced-Order Models from CFD Simulations 3rd Building Simulation Applications Conference Bolzano, Italy, [Details]
(2016) 6th International Symposium on Energy from Biomass and Waste
Singlitico A, Goggins J, Monaghan RFD (2016) Assessment of energy potential from biomass and waste for thermochemical biomethane in Ireland and the impact of uncertainty 6th International Symposium on Energy from Biomass and Waste Venice, Italy, [Details]
(2016) 11th International ERCOFTAC Symposium on Engineering Turbulence Modelling and Measurements
Yousefian S, Quinlan NJ, Curran HJ, Monaghan RFD (2016) Numerical Characterisation of Flow Field in a Rapid Compression Machine Using a Hybrid URANS-LES Method 11th International ERCOFTAC Symposium on Engineering Turbulence Modelling and Measurements Palermo, Italy, [Details]
(2016) Gustav Lorentzen Natural Working Fluid Conference
Flannery B, Finckh O, Berresheim H, Monaghan RFD (2016) Hybrid Stirling engine-adsorption chiller for truck auxiliary power unit applications Gustav Lorentzen Natural Working Fluid Conference Edinburgh, UK, [Details]
(2016) European Biomass Conference and Exhibition
Singlitico A, Goggins J, Monaghan RFD (2016) Life cycle assessment of bio-SNG production via a nationwide system of gasification and methanation in Ireland European Biomass Conference and Exhibition Amsterdam, Netherlands, [Details]
(2016) European Biomass Conference and Exhibition
Dussan K, Dooley S, Monaghan RFD (2016) The role of biochemical composition in pyrolysis reaction kinetics of lignocellulosic biomass: surrogate approach European Biomass Conference and Exhibition Amsterdam, Netherlands, [Details]
(2016) European Biomass Conference and Exhibition
Dussan K, Yang Q, Zhan X, Lane F, Monaghan RFD (2016) Thermodynamic evaluation of anaerobic digestion and integrated gasification for waste management and energy production within wastewater treatment plants European Biomass Conference and Exhibition Amsterdam, Netherlands, [Details]
(2016) International Conference on Engineering for Waste and Biomass Valorisation
Dussan K, Yang Q, Zhan X, Lane F, Monaghan RFD (2016) Technoeconomic analysis of integrated sludge anaerobic digestion and gasification at wastewater treatment plants International Conference on Engineering for Waste and Biomass Valorisation Albi, France, [Details]
(2016) International Conference on Engineering for Waste and Biomass Valorisation
Dussan K, Dooley S, Monaghan RFD (2016) Effect of chemical composition on the pyrolysis kinetics of lignocellulosic biomass using surrogates: improving the state-of-the-art reaction kinetics models International Conference on Engineering for Waste and Biomass Valorisation Albi, France, [Details]
(2016) International Conference on Materials Design and Applications
O’Hagan CP, Leen SB, Monaghan RFD (2016) International Conference on Materials Design and Applications International Conference on Materials Design and Applications Porto, Portugal, [Details]
(2016) A COMPARISON OF TURBULENT FLAME SPEED CORRELATIONS FOR HYDROCARBON FUELS AT ELEVATED PRESSURES
Burke, EM,Guthe, F,Monaghan, RFD, (2016) PROCEEDINGS OF THE ASME TURBO EXPO: TURBINE TECHNICAL CONFERENCE AND EXPOSITION, 2016, VOL 4B A COMPARISON OF TURBULENT FLAME SPEED CORRELATIONS FOR HYDROCARBON FUELS AT ELEVATED PRESSURES [Details]
(2015) 1st IWA Resource Recovery Conference
Yang Q, Dussan K, Monaghan RFD, Zhan X (2015) Energy recovery from thermal treatment of dewatered sludge in wastewater treatment plants 1st IWA Resource Recovery Conference [Details]
(2015) European Combustion Meeting
Burke EM, Singlitico A, Morones A, Petersen EL, Güthe F, Bunkute B, Speth RL, Monaghan RFD (2015) Progress Towards a Validated Cantera-based Turbulent Flame Speed Solver European Combustion Meeting [Details]
(2015) EFFECT OF HIGH TEMPERATURE CORROSION ON THE SERVICE LIFE OF P91 PIPING IN BIOMASS CO-FIRING
O'Hagan, CP,Barrett, RA,Leen, SB,Monaghan, RFD,Kerr, M,Rudland, D (2015) ASME PRESSURE VESSELS AND PIPING CONFERENCE - 2015, VOL 6B EFFECT OF HIGH TEMPERATURE CORROSION ON THE SERVICE LIFE OF P91 PIPING IN BIOMASS CO-FIRING [Details]
(2015) European Combustion Meeting
Yousefian S, Curran HJ, Banyon C, Gauthier F, Moran-Guerrero A, Richardson RR, Quinlan NJ, Monaghan RFD (2015) Numerical Characterization and Sensitivity Analysis of Post-Compression Temperature Non-Uniformity in a Twin-Piston Rapid Compression Machine European Combustion Meeting [Details]
(2014) EXPERIMENTAL CHARACTERISATION OF MATERIALS FOR BIOMASS CO-FIRING
O'Hagan, CP,O'Brien, BJ,Leen, SB,Monaghan, RFD,Hoffman, C,Baxter, D,Maniatis, K,Grassi, A,Helm, P (2014) PAPERS OF THE 22ND EUROPEAN BIOMASS CONFERENCE: SETTING THE COURSE FOR A BIOBASED ECONOMY EXPERIMENTAL CHARACTERISATION OF MATERIALS FOR BIOMASS CO-FIRING , pp.723-730 [Details]
(2014) SCANVAC International Conference on Air Distribution in Rooms
Mullen D, Keane MM, Geron M, Monaghan RFD (2014) Automatic extraction of reduced-order models from CFD simulations for building energy modelling SCANVAC International Conference on Air Distribution in Rooms [Details]
(2014) International Stirling Engine Conference
Flannery B, Lattin R, Berresheim H, Monaghan RFD (2014) Hybrid Stirling Engine‐Adsorption Chiller for Truck APU Applications International Stirling Engine Conference [Details]
(2013) EdTech 2013
Martin Howley, Daniel Coakley, Marcus Keane, Rory Monaghan (2013) Are you sitting comfortably? - A novel approach to teaching and assessing laboratory-based thermal comfort EdTech 2013 [Details]
(2013) CISBAT 2013
Geron, M., Monaghan, R. F. D., Keane, M. M. (2013) Reduced Order Modelling of the Thermal Behaviour of an Office Space CISBAT 2013 [Details]
(2012) INTEGRATED OXYGEN-FREE GASIFICATION-GAS TURBINE POWER CONCEPT: A LOW-EMISSIONS ALTERNATIVE FOR SMALL-SCALE COAL PLANTS
Monaghan, RFD,Alyaser, MH (2012) PROCEEDINGS OF THE ASME 5TH INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE ON ENERGY SUSTAINABILITY 2011, PTS A-C INTEGRATED OXYGEN-FREE GASIFICATION-GAS TURBINE POWER CONCEPT: A LOW-EMISSIONS ALTERNATIVE FOR SMALL-SCALE COAL PLANTS , pp.343-349 [Details]
(2010) ASME Conference
Alyaser M, Monaghan R, Beitelman A, Fabris D (2010) Introducing a Novel Reactor Concept: Indirectly Fired Integrated Gasification and Steam Generation System ASME Conference [Details]
(2010) 35th International Technical Conference on Clean Coal and Fuel Systems
Monaghan R F D, Ghoniem A F (2010) Dynamic Reduced Order Modeling of Entrained Flow Gasifiers. Part II: Steady-State Simulations and Sensitivity Analysis 35th International Technical Conference on Clean Coal and Fuel Systems [Details]
(2010) 35th International Technical Conference on Clean Coal and Fuel Systems
Monaghan R F D, Ghoniem A F (2010) Dynamic Reduced Order Modeling of Entrained Flow Gasifiers. Part I: Model Description and Validation 35th International Technical Conference on Clean Coal and Fuel Systems [Details]
(2009) ASME Conference Proceedings
Monaghan, R. F. D.; Kumar, M.; Singer, S. L.; Zhang, C.; Ghoniem, A. F. (2009) REDUCED ORDER MODELING OF ENTRAINED FLOW SOLID FUEL GASIFICATION ASME Conference Proceedings Lake Buena Vista, Florida, USA, , pp.397-409 [DOI] [Details]
(2009) ASME Conference Proceedings
Kumar, M.; Zhang, C.; Monaghan, R. F. D.; Singer, S. L.; Ghoniem, A. F. (2009) CFD Simulation of Entrained Flow Gasification With Improved Devolatilization and Char Consumption Submodels ASME Conference Proceedings , pp.383-395 [DOI] [Details]

Published Reports

  Year Publication
(2017) Thermodynamic modelling of energy recovery options from digestate at waste water treatment plants.
Dussan K, Monaghan R (2017) Thermodynamic modelling of energy recovery options from digestate at waste water treatment plants. EPA Ireland, Dublin, Ireland. [Details]
(2006) Carbon Dioxide Capture and Storage in Ireland.
Monaghan R, Bazilian M, Brennan G (2006) Carbon Dioxide Capture and Storage in Ireland. Sustainable Energy Ireland, Dublin, Ireland. [Details]
(2005) Emerging Energy Technologies in Ireland: A Focus on Carbon Capture and Hydrogen.
Monaghan R, Bazilian M, Brennan G (2005) Emerging Energy Technologies in Ireland: A Focus on Carbon Capture and Hydrogen. Sustainable Energy Ireland, Dublin, Ireland. [Details]

Conference Contributions

  Year Publication
(2016) Workshop on Renewable Energy and Products from Biomass and Waste,
Dussán K, Yang Q, Zhan X, Lane F, Monaghan RFD (2016) Technoeconomic Analysis of Integrated Sludge Anaerobic Digestion and Gasification at Wastewater Treatment Plants. [Invited Oral Presentation], Workshop on Renewable Energy and Products from Biomass and Waste, Seville, Spain , 03-NOV-16 - 04-NOV-16. [Details]
(2017) European Biomass Conference and Exhibition,
S. Layden, P. Layden, R. Johnson, J. Goggins, C.P. O’Hagan, R.F.D. Monaghan (2017) THERMAL CONDUCTIVITY OF RAW AND TORREFIED BIOMASS. [Poster Presentation], European Biomass Conference and Exhibition, Stockholm, Sweden , 12-JUN-17 - 16-JUN-17. [Details]
(2012) International Rapid Compression Machine Workshop,
Curran H, Heufer A, Monaghan R, Richardson (2012) Modelling of roll-up vortex formation in twin-piston rapid compression machines. [Non Refereed Paper/Abstract Presented at Conference], International Rapid Compression Machine Workshop, Argonne National Lab, Illinois, USA , 29-AUG-12 - 29-AUG-12. [Details]
(2012) 34th International Symposium on Combustion,
Goldsborough S, Richardson R, Monaghan RFD, Quinlan N, Mittal G, Curran HJ, Heufer KA, Conroy C (2012) Modelling of roll-up vortex formation in twin-piston rapid compression machines. [Poster Presentation], 34th International Symposium on Combustion, Warsaw, Poland , 29-JUL-12 - 03-AUG-12. [Details]
(2005) National Hydrogen Association Annual Conference,
Monaghan R, Cravalho E G (2005) Hydrogen energy storage for small power supply systems. [Poster Presentation], National Hydrogen Association Annual Conference, Washington, DC, USA , 29-MAR-05 - 01-APR-05. [Details]

Honours and Awards

  Year Title Awarding Body
2017 Best Paper Award at Building Simulation Applications conference, Bolzano, Italy Building Simulation Association
2016 Best Paper Award at International Conference on Engineering for Waste and Biomass Valorisation, Albi, France International Conference on Engineering for Waste and Biomass Valorisation
2015 Tony Ryan Award for Innovation in Research NUI Galway
2009 IRC EPS Postdoctoral Fellowship Irish Research Council
2007 MIT-BP PhD Research Assistantship Massachusetts Institute of Technology
2006 MIT Martin Family Society Fellowship for Sustainability Martin Family Society

Professional Associations

  Association Function From / To
Engineers Ireland Member 01-JAN-02 / 31-DEC-19
Combustion Institute (Irish section) Executive Committee Member 01-JAN-10 / 31-DEC-19
Gas Innovation Group Member of committee responsible for recommending funding for RD&D projects related to natural gas use, infrastructure and alternatives. Budget of €7 million, members from Dept of Transport, Dept of Energy, CER, SEAI, Irish Universities, ESRI. 01-JAN-14 / 31-DEC-19

Modules Taught

  Term/Year Module Title Module Code Subject / Desc
Semester 2 Combustion Science and Engineering ME4101/ME5171
Semester 2 Smart Grid CT474/CT549
Semester 1 Advanced Energy Systems Engineering EG400/EG5101
Semester 1 Computational Methods for Engineering Analysis BME402/BME6101
Semester 1 Thermodynamics and Fluid Mechanics ME223